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Widow Dismisses Steve Irwin Rumours

embraceaustraliaadmin | Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 8:32 am

What a load of croc!

What a load of croc!

Steve Irwin was often called the Crocodile Man because of his love of crocs. He had also courted controversy when he took his then one month old son, into a crocodile enclosure whilst he fed the animals. Such was his love for the creatures, but did that love extend to his last wishes?

Now his name is making the headlines once more over a bizarre ceremony that some people claim to have been carried out in accordance with his last wishes.

Some staff members at Australia Zoo, where Steve worked, in Queensland, along with other key figures, have circulated the rumour for some years now that parts of Mr Irwin were fed to his favourite crocodile, Bindi.

Now after a lengthy silence on the matter, Irwin’s widow Terri has come forward to tell of her disgust at the “offensive” and “baseless” rumours.

Steve Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being struck by a stingray barb whilst filming in the Great Barrier Reef. The Australian Wildlife expert was then buried in a private ceremony somewhere on the grounds of the Australian Zoo. The whereabouts have been kept a strict secret, with his wife Terri stating: ”He lived life so big that he just wanted some personal privacy at that point and I gave him that. So there’s just a handful of people who will ever know.”

Steve Irwin was filming stingrays like this when he died.

Steve Irwin was filming stingrays like this when he died.

Since then however, rumours have abounded about his last wishes including the bizarre request to be fed to the crocodiles. His father Bob Irwin when questioned about his son’s burial said only: ”The subject to me is out of bounds. I don’t have anything to do with Australia Zoo at the moment and the only person who is likely to talk is Terri. You would have to get the OK before I said anything.”

Terri Irwin then issued a statement through her lawyer, Malcom McColm, which denied ”that the body of the late Steve Irwin was given as food to crocodiles”. The statement went on to say: ”Such allegations are not only offensive but are baseless and without any foundation in truth whatsoever,”.

The rumours may well be baseless according to strict Australian regulations, for it is extremely unlikely that the disposal of a body in this manner would be allowed under the Australian Public Health Act which requires that certain legislation be followed in relation to burial and/or cremation.

The Irwin family must now hope that the rumours can be put to rest, along with the memory of Steve.

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3 Responses to “Widow Dismisses Steve Irwin Rumours”

Comment by Ann DiNoto — August 11, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

You have to be kidding with a rumour like this? Steve Irwin might have wished for a burial along side his beloved croc’s at Australia Zoo or a green burial (no embalming), but what person in their right mind whould request putting their loved ones through the tourcher or watching their body eaten by an animal of any kind? What state, local or federal type of govermental body would approve it, even for a celebraty? No, this is just the rumours and conspirity type thories that circulate after a notable person dies.

Why doesn’t Terri Irwin just come out and say NO WAY did this happen? Steve Irwin was buried in a normal fashion at a private location she wishes known only to close friends and relatives.

Comment by Croc Fan 101 — December 8, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

This is an outlandish statement Steve may have loved that croc to death, but by golly he would never have put his family through that. Theremay have been a green barial who knows he may have even been laid to rest in the enclousure though that is highly doubtful. I speak noe to Terri alone, I have the upmost respect for you and your mission you and bindi have done so much to keep Steves memory thriving and i love you for that, he was my hero when i get older im going to open up a reptile park in Texas and would love to name it after him, sincerly Derek Holland Jr. age- 14

Comment by Monique — March 9, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

People are such a**holes, why would they even notion something like that? He loved his crocodiles and he loved his family as well and to think he’d have his family feed HIM to his crocs is so insensitive. People should just leave private matters private and stop prying at such issues. If its not their business to know then accept that and move on. His family wanted him to have his wishes done, and for him to buried somewhere away from tourism and such. Somewhere that would remain peaceful. Geez, leave the Irwin family alone.
We miss you Steve, There will never be another one like you.

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